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Chancellor's Budget clears Commons hurdle amid disability cuts row

George Osborne's Budget has cleared its first Commons hurdle, its major resolutions passed by a majority of 35 MPs.

The Chancellor defended his Budget in the Commons earlier, his first public appearance since the government was forced into a U-turn over disability benefit cuts in the wake of Iain Duncan Smith's resignation.

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Osborne vows to maintain 'decent, generous' state pension

George Osborne has insisted that he will not cut the state pension as he looks to plug a £4 billion 'black hole' in his Budget.

During a debate with MPs, the Chancellor reiterated the Government currently has no plans to make further welfare savings to replace the continued PIP spending.

But he launched a defence of the benefits available to pensioners amid suggestions they need to be reduced to spread the impact of the cuts.

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